Leeds United’s defeat to Norwich City at the weekend saw them lose top spot in the Championship to their opponents and posed a new question in their bid for promotion.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team are now second in the league table and know they need a response in their pursuit of automatic promotion to the Premier League this season.
The Whites have lost four out of their last six league fixtures and have a tough run-in during February.
There have been a number of players that have dipped slightly in recent weeks and attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez fits that description.
Hernandez has no goals and one assist in six league games to highlight a huge drop off from him, while his individual displays have been far less influential than normal and he’s even been sloppy at times.
But the 33-year-old still holds the key to the club’s promotion bid and if he can get back to form the Yorkshire giants will be right in the mix come the end of the season.
He’s made 23 league games so far this campaign, scoring seven times and assisting 11 goals.
Leeds have usually picked up points this term when he plays when and he’s the talisman with his creativity in the final third.
He’s certainly entitled to a small dip during a long Championship season, but Bielsa needs the Spaniard back to his dazzling best as soon as possible as he can dictate games when he plays well.